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Apr 20, 2016 6:05 PM

Epping man who police say caused 12-hour manhunt refused to show up for arraignment


EPPING — The Epping man who police say caused a 12-hour manhunt refused to appear in court on Wednesday for his arraignment.

READ: Epping manhunt ends, suspect scheduled for psychological evaluation

Police were called to a home on Old Nottingham Road in Epping for a 911 domestic dispute call. Gunshots could be heard coming from inside the home belonging to 25-year-old Christopher Lemear. It then turned into a town-wide manhunt for Lemear when he then took off on foot.

No one was injured, and police finally caught Lemear on Tuesday night 12 hours after the incident. Lemear is a registered sex offender and was convicted of burglary and felonious sex assault back in 2009.

He is charged with three felonies, including being a felon in possession of a weapon and one misdemeanor.

Wednesday, the judge said he has been engaging in "self harming behavior" in jail. His arraignment has been rescheduled for Thursday.

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